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1 year(s) full-time


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Assumed Knowledge

2019: AUD$ 36,000 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)
2020: AUD$ 37,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.0]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
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Degree overview

  • A one-year honours degree where you'll learn about proactively managing environmental impacts on business activities.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of environmental performance and expectations within organisations.
  • Undertake a multi-disciplinary Environmental Research Project in an area of sustainability that interests you most.
  • Research rated above well world-class in environmental science and management.1

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Environmental sustainability is one of the biggest challenges we face in our global community.

Today’s organisations conduct business within complex legal structures. Stakeholder demands are increasing and environmental performance expectations are becoming more time-consuming. Most organisations must now demonstrate proactive management of the environmental impact of their business activities.

If you have a genuine concern for the environment, a commitment to sustainability and a desire to continue learning, this qualification is for you. You will complete a multi-disciplinary Environmental Research Project in an area of sustainability that interests you most. If you finish this one-year qualification and wish to continue, you could consider applying for a research degree with our Division of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In this intensive year of study you will be introduced to the research process and develop a sound understanding of research methods. You will learn how to develop the elements of a research proposal, such as a literature review and a methodology and plan. At the same time, you will be developing the approach for your own research.

Many research areas in sustainability are too complex for a single discipline to address; therefore you will learn how to integrate information from a variety of disciplines. You may choose to work on a research topic that requires a multi-disciplinary approach or a more traditional discipline-based project.

Two advanced electives will strengthen your environmental knowledge and develop additional skills for your own research project in the form of an honours thesis.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Directed Elective 1 4.5 Note(s): 1
Research Theory and Practice ENGG 4005 4.5
Environmental Sustainability Research Thesis 1 ENVT 4030 4.5
Students choose one of the following three course options:
Principles of Project Management BUSS 5142 4.5
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5
Directed Elective 2 4.5 Note(s): 1
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Environmental Sustainability Research Thesis 2 ENVT 4029 18

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • written reports
  • research proposals and assignments
  • essays and examinations
  • oral presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours)

Why this Degree

This qualification prepares you for postgraduate research. You will complete a specific project and develop an understanding of multi-disciplinary approaches to research in sustainability.

Our environmental science qualifications have been developed with extensive input and support from industry experts. Their knowledge has contributed to the development of course content and delivery methods. The contemporary course content reflects the current state of play in environmental management and sustainability in Australia and overseas.

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide – we offer our students plenty of opportunities to get hands-on experience and make industry connections.

Our research is rated at well above world-class in environmental science and management1 and this research informs the basis of this qualification.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos[4], and alumni events[5] in Australia and overseas.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Career outcomes

Your career

This qualification is designed to position you for further studies, such as a research degree with our Division of Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

Employment prospects for environmental scientists is projected to grow by 11.3 percent by May 2023.1

1 Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018

Industry facts


Employment for environmental scientists in Australia is projected to increase by 11.3 per cent by May 20231.

 1 Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business, Occupational Employment Projections 2018


Employment in the renewable energy sector is growing in every state across Australia.1

1 Renewable Energy Jobs: Future Growth in Australia 2016, Climate Council

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.


Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

You will have access to our multi-million dollar Materials and Minerals Science Learning and Research Hub at the Mawson Lakes campus. The $50 million facility supports our world-class research in minerals and materials science. It’s a place that blends teaching and research environments, making you part of a vibrant learning community.

Your study spaces

Your program director

I am a lecturer in Geology and Engineering Geology. I am interested in the evolution of the continents and helping students to understand this information and its relevance to modern society – even if they're not geologists!

Dr Justin Payne

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Justin Payne

Dr Justin Payne

Program Director


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In the first year of my bachelor degree I worked as a Research Assistant with one of UniSA’s research institutes. I discovered my passion for community engagement and science education through this experience and it led me towards my honours project.

Bianca Hollow

Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours)

Bianca Hollow

Bianca Hollow

Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours)